Richard Grieco

Actor, Model, Singer
Tall, dark, and drop-dead gorgeous, Richard Grieco joined the cast of the popular Fox series "21 Jump Street" in 1988 as street-wise Officer Dennis Booker hoping to parlay the "hunk" slot on the show into feature film ... Read more »
Born: 03/22/1965 in Watertown, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (47)

22 Jump Street 2014 (Movie)

Booker (Actor)

Forget About It 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Point Doom 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Veronica Mars 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Book of Days (PAX) 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Manhattan Midnight 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Final Payback 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Last Cry 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Apostate 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Blackheart 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Die Die Die 1999 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Incredible Hulk & Friends 1996 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

A Night At the Roxbury 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Absolution 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Harold Robbins' Body Parts 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Heaven or Vegas 1998 (Movie)

Navy (Actor)

Captive 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rebel Run 1997 (Movie)

Bolt (Actor)

The Gardener 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Inhumanoid 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Mutual Needs 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

The World's Greatest Magic II 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Demolitionist 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Under the Gun 1994 (Movie)

Tony Castagna (Actor)

Born to Run 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Tomcat: Dangerous Desires 1993 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

21 Jump Street 1986 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

If Looks Could Kill 1991 (Movie)

Michael Corben (Actor)

Mobsters 1991 (Movie)

Benny "Bugsy" Siegel (Actor)

The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

A Vow to Kill (TV Show)

Actor

Against the Law (TV Show)

Actor

Almighty Thor (TV Show)

Actor

Booker (TV Show)

Actor

Born to Run (Movie)

Nicky (Actor)

Gargoyles (TV Show)

Voice

It Was Him Or Us (TV Show)

Actor

Marker (TV Show)

Actor

Phantom Force (TV Show)

Actor

Sin and Redemption (TV Show)

Actor

The Ghost Riders (Movie)

(Actor)

Ultimate Deception (TV Show)

Actor

Webs (TV Show)

Actor

When Time Expires (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

Gigolos 2010 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Last Cry 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Ghost Riders (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (1)

The Ghost Riders (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Director (1)

The Ghost Riders (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Tall, dark, and drop-dead gorgeous, Richard Grieco joined the cast of the popular Fox series "21 Jump Street" in 1988 as street-wise Officer Dennis Booker hoping to parlay the "hunk" slot on the show into feature film stardom as Johnny Depp had. Despite a few opportunities, though, film stardom proved elusive and by the mid-1990s the actor was seen more frequently playing cads and heavies in TV-movies. Grieco went to college on a football scholarship, but dropped out after two years when he was signed with the Elite Agency and placed in advertisements for Calvin Klein and Armani.

Like many model, Grieco harbored dreams of an acting career and on his first TV audition was cast as skiing playboy Rick Gardner on the ABC daytime drama "One Life to Live", a role he played for about a year (1986-87). Heading west. he soon landed occasional guest appearances, most notably a 1987 episode of "Who's the Boss?" as a long-lost cousin of Tony (Tony Danza). A guest stint on "21 Jump Street" led to a contract as a regular in 1988, just as Johnny Depp, eager for other opportunities, had scaled back his hours to occasional appearances. Grieco partly replaced Depp as the show's heartthrob, which led in part to his headlining the spin-off "Booker", which lasted only one season (1989-90). Shifting to features, he made his debut as a class clown mistaken for an undercover agent in Paris in the disappointing "If Looks Could Kill" (1991). His second film, the highly-touted "Mobsters" (1991) teamed the actor with the similarly then-hot Christian Slater and Patrick Dempsey. Cast as Benjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel, Grieco offered a modest turn that was partly overshadowed by Warren Beatty's more high profile biopic "Bugsy" (also 1991). Two years later, he was cast as a wheelchair-bound dancer who gets a second chance and becomes a lout in "Tomcat: Dangerous Desire" (1993), but most of his subsequent films have been standard action fare, such as "Under the Gun" (1995) and "The Demolitionist" (1996). "Heaven or Vegas" (lensed 1996), which cast the actor as a gigolo romancing a prostitute (Yasmine Bleeth) tried to play off the off-screen pairing of its stars, but as of 1998 remained without distribution.

Grieco found steadier employment on the small screen. He was a street racer who falls in love in "Born to Run" (Fox, 1993), while in "Sin and Redemption" (CBS, 1994), he was the rapist from a woman's past who marries her. In "A Vow to Kill" (USA, 1995), Grieco was a new groom who goes on his honeymoon and then tries to extort money from his father-in-law by claiming both he and his bride had been abducted. He was a domestic abuser in "It Was Us or Them" (CBS, 1995) and a time traveler in "When Times Expires" (The Movie Channel, 1997). He fared less well with a return to series TV in the short-lived UPN drama "Marker" (1995).

Relationships

Richard Grieco Sr

Father

Carolyn Grieco

Mother

David Grieco

Brother

Elizabeth Grieco

Sister

Laura Grieco

Sister

Yasmine Bleeth Actor

Companion
together as of spring 1996

Kimber Sissons

Companion
reportedly had on-again, off-again relationship from c. 1989 to 1998

Dylan Sissons

Son
born on April 28, 1999 mother, Kimber Sissons

EDUCATION

Central Connecticut State University

New Britain , Connecticut
was enrolled for two years on football scholarship; played fullback and lineback on football team

Milestones

1998

Appeared in "A Night at the Roxbury"

1996

Co-starred in "The Demolitionist"

1995

Returned to series TV starring in "Marker" (UPN)

1994

Released album "Waiting For the Sky to Fall" in Germany

1991

Made feature film starring debut in "If Looks Could Kill"

1986

Was regular on "One Life to Live" (ABC)

Starred in own Fox series, "Booker"

Moved to New York and signed by Elite Modeling Agency

Raised in Watertown, NY

Joined cast of "21 Jump Street" (Fox)

Cast a priest in the feature "Michaelangel", co-starring Dennis Hopper

Bonus Trivia

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There is an official website at www.rgrieco.com.

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Grieco is collecting his poetry in a book he hopes to publish under the title "Fragments From a Dirty Ashtray."

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"They say I'm a pretty boy and stuff like that. But I never considered myself good-looking." --Richard Grieco quoted in US, March 21, 1991

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"There's a kindess, a gentleness and a wisdom about him that you don't usually find in young men." --"Booker" co-star Marcia Strassman

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